The New School
Since Solange Knowles started wearing her hair natural in ’09, she’s alternated between rocking her bountiful afro loose and locking it into butt-length box braids. Older sis Beyonce followed suit this summer, swapping her weave for braids in the signature blonde we’ve basically come to accept as her natural color. While black hair fibre is by far the most common color choice for box braids, Beyonce’s lighter alternative is a refreshing reminder that synthetic hair offers endless color options–all of which are free from the damaging effects of using chemicals.
Another cool set of sisters easily spotted by their knee-length box braids–often decorated with shells, beads, and bits of wire braided in–is Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, designers behind the William Okpo clothing label.